'Printland' by Peacock Visual Arts at W OR M!

'Printland' is back for its second year running (check out some snaps from 'Printland' year 1 here) as the print archives from Peacock Visual Arts explode across the walls and tables at their new project space W OR M. Its been a busy year for Peacocks as an organisation with new director Nuno Sacremento bringing a fresh perspective. With the very foundation of Peacocks lying in the realm of print its great to have this annual celebration not just of their past victories but also a showcase of their years activities.

Scattered across the walls and tables you'll find prints some of their most notable artists including Adam Bridgland, Ralph Steadman, David McCracken and Toby Paterson but there's a healthy mix of new work to admire from the likes of William MouldingTom Hammick and Donald Urquhart, who's also completed their first mural in the alley next to W OR M. The mural marks a step into the world of street art or at least art in the alleyway. 'Lunar Voyage' is a new publication which accompanies the Tom Hammick exhibition which opened at Flowers Gallery in New York a few months back with a series of large scale prints. I managed to get a look in the print studio while the team inked up the rollers for what turned out to be a massive job involving both the traditional print team and the digital laser cutter! The resulting prints are stunning and the exclusive publication provides a bit of background to the project and will make a nice edition to any book shelf.

You can also pick up a new AP from William Moulding who has been smashing out the prints this year in between trips offshore. His instagram feed is a constant delight with not a moment wasted once back on dry land, its straight into the print studio and back to what he loves. And Donald Urquhart has also been busy both creating the mural and producing a new alphabet print based on the king of pop, Michael Jackson. You'll find a special table covered in mini prints, perfect for those cherished loved ones this Christmas.

'Printland' year 2 seems like a success both in terms of bringing work out of the archives and into peoples lives as a hundred or so people clamoured over each other during the opening, hoping to secure that special print for 100, 20 or even 5 pounds. I did notice an old Obey print which was quickly snapped up but a quick rifle through will reveal some absolute gems. I was particularly interested in some of the old exhibition posters, a snap shot of peacocks past with dates going back 4 decades with artists like Kate Downie and Richard Demarco. I just hope I've made it onto Santas nice list this year and ill have a nice print to hang on Christmas day.

Be sure to pop down to W OR M and pick up a bargain price piece of print history now!

 

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